Three women were recognized as Powerful Praying Wives at a conference recently at the Riverside Convention Center: Lynda Beckley, Cheryl Brown and Evangelist LaVette D. Gibson.

Women prayed, fellowshipped, grew in the Holy Spirit as the day was the fruition of the vision of Minister Jenise Bush, founder of Powerful, Praying, Wives, Inc.  Marie "Mom" Brewington took the conference to another level as she ministered and shared in the Holy Spirit.

In 1998, Minister Bush invited two friends to her home to begin praying together for their husbands. She said, "we didn't talk afterward, we didn't gossip, we didn't have even a cup of coffee… We met and we prayed." She stated that the mission is to support and strengthen the daily lives of wives and promote spiritual loving and healthy families, taken from Proverbs 31:10-31.

"We believe the honorees are a true reflection of the Proverbs 31 women," wrote Minister Bush. Their husbands agreed. Each woman was surprised by their husbands: Pastor Beckley added a special touch. Both Pastor Ron Gibson and Bro. Hardy Brown sent touching letters to be read each referring to their wives as "virtuous women."


LaQuetta Simmons, LaVette Gibson, Cheryl Brown, Lynda Beckley, Jenise Bush

Pastor Beckley, first lady of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church is a dedicated woman of God, a devoted mother of three and grandmother of four. With a background in Business and Banking and Finance, she has developed an eight week course entitled "Common Cents" where she teaches the principles of Biblical management and stewardship. She participates with her husband in marriage counseling.

Evangelist LaVette D. Gibson has a team ministry with her husband of 27 years. She received her Evangelist Missionary License under the late Mother Lillian A. Morris. Seven years after they were married, she assisted her husband in establishing the largest church in Rubidoux, Life Church of God in Christ. During her sophomore year at Spelman, she received her call into the ministry, left and came home to major in Religion/Biblical studies at Southern California College.

Faithful member of St. Paul AME Church where she has served in various positions of leadership over the past 50 years and presently as trustee, Cheryl Brown has an extensive community action background. From planning to newspaper ownership, from television host to lay historian preserving the history of the Underground Railroad, Booker T. Washington, Charles Dickens and more. Her successful loving marriage of 45 years to Hardy Brown, has produced a beautiful family of four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

For more information contact Min. Jenise Bush at (909) 289-4019 or powerfulwife@msn.com.